I recently built this super easy DIY cardboard doll bed for my daughter and she loved to so much that I thought I’d pull a little tutorial together for you in case you wanted to create your own DIY cardboard doll bed. It’s honestly super easy to make.
What you need:
- Cardboard (the thicker the better)
- Scissors / box cutter
- Hot glue gun
- My free template
How to build your cardboard doll bed:
Download and print out my free cardboard doll bed template. Cut out the headboard shape so you can use it to trace around later.
The size of this doll bed is roughly 18cm high, 25cm wide and 35cm long. You can of course scale this up or down if you want to make a bigger or smaller doll bed.
Take your cardboard and trace around the headboard template for two pieces and cut out either with a box cutter or a pair of scissors, whatever you feel more comfortable with. Mark the size of the three planks of the bed with the sizing provided in the template and cut out.
Now comes the trickiest part: to make the doll bed extra sturdy I cut out little slots for the planks into the headboards (see photograph). Start of by marking where your three planks will need to go and then take your box cutter and carefully cut out the slot making sure you only cut through the first layer of your cardboard. Don’t cut all the way through! We just want to make a curb for the planks to slot in later. Once done hold your pieces in place to make sure they actually fit seamlessly. If you want to make your doll bed extra sturdy because maybe you have a heavy handed toddler like me, you can double up on the headboards.
Now comes the fun part: gluing the pieces together. You need to work FAST here as the hot glue hardens very quickly. Put one of the headboard in front of you and glue in the bottom plank. Next take one of the sides and glue them into the headboard and hold in place. Then run the hot glue along the inside of the cot where the two boards are touching. Hold in place until dry. Repeat on the other side.
Now take your other headboard and fill the curb with glue and quickly press onto the existing structure. Hold in place for a few seconds to make sure it sets nicely and you’re done.
I left my cardboard doll bed plain but you can of course also paint it with acrylic paint or even get your kids involved to decorate their doll bed to their taste.
If you give this tutorial a try, I would love it if you tagged me on Instagram (@latteandlullabies) so I can see your beautiful creations and can share them in my stories!